There are many things that may trigger a relapse. It could any number of conflicting problems that you may be dealing with on a daily basis as any added stress can trigger a relapse.
My Moment Of Relapse
You still have to support your family, make money, and pay all your bills. When trying to stay sober without help you can’t just put your life on hold. Having all this stress on your plate at once starts to cause exhaustion and depression as those feelings later turn into self-pity or even worst frustration. Soon you become impatient with your loved ones and you become cocky in the fact that you no longer have an addiction.
Despite your claim to support for living a clean life your family continues to worry. Now you begin to argue with them over small and meaningless points that causes even more stress to pile on top. As you wallow in the pain and confusion you finally look for help. Eventually you find a small support group and attend a few meetings. Though the group just seems to add even more stress as you are once again in the limelight of other’s expectation of you. It is at this point where I lost myself as I ran from my life’s stress and into the arms of a hated habit once again.
Since that dark day I have remained sober and evaded relapse. My relationship with my family has become stronger as I live everyday a little happier than the last. Below is a short list of relapse prevention tips that I’ve learned over time.
Tips to Prevent a Relapse:
Proper Treatment: In some case just quick group visits are not enough to gain a full understanding of what causes your addictions. A complete rehab center maybe a good choice.
Make Changes In Lifestyle: Instead of making your life about chasing a high, make it about giving your loved ones such as your family, friends, pet or even yourself nothing but joy and happiness. It will take a lot of work for this part to work as it will require some tough coping skills to alter your personality. Though the payout is worth it as it dramatically reduces your stress.
Support Groups Or Sponsorship: There are many speciality groups that are helpful in preventing relapse as groups are broken down into more specific categories to help combat any type of addiction struggles.
Continued Care: This could be anything as simple as once a week counseling or outpatient therapy.